The Thief of Bagdad

  • Film
  • Fantasy films

A delightful hocus-pocus of colour, dashing adventure, and special effects, this Korda-produced epic for grown-up kids is basically Star Wars meets The Arabian Nights with its plot of an all-seeing eye stolen from a Tibetan temple. The highlight has to be the genie (Ingram) who escapes from the bottle, though Sabu the elephant boy lends just that dash of imperialist sentiment to lift it into camp. Magical, classically entertaining, and now revalued by Hollywood moguls Lucas and Coppola, it was made fitfully in Britain during the World War II Blitz (but completed in Hollywood) by a team of directors spearheaded by the remarkable Powell.

Release details

Duration: 106 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan, Zoltan Korda, William Cameron Menzies, Alexander Korda
Screenwriter: Miles Malleson, scenario Lajos BirĂ³
Cast: Conrad Veidt
Sabu
June Duprez
John Justin
Rex Ingram
Miles Malleson
Morton Selten
Mary Morris
Bruce Winston
Hay Petrie
Adelaide Hall
Roy Emerton
Allan Jeayes
Glynis Johns
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